For this weeks edition of M|U loves, I’ll be showcasing a dear friend and beautiful person who happens to run 2 sensational blogs – So Nailicious, a nail art blog, and Crashing Red, a fashion/beauty/personal blog. Her name is Maria, and I hope you love her as much as I do!
Tell me a bit about your blogs?
CrashingRed.com is a personal style and lifestyle blog that features my outfits, travel diaries, DIY projects, beauty tips and style inspiration. It basically documents my life.
SoNailicious.com dedicated to nails only. It features nail tutorials, nail care tips, expert advice and the latest nail trends. Everything you need to know to make your nails look fabulous!
Running two blogs is difficult, but for me it really makes sense. I’m really enjoying interacting with both of my audiences. They are completely different and they are just the best! I’m lucky having all these people in my life, we inspire each other in different ways and grow together. It’s pretty amazing!
What is your favourite budget makeup brand? What is your favourite product from that brand?
L’Oreal Paris. But I love so many makeup products, it would be difficult to name just one. I frequently use their BB and CC creams, have a great collection of their lipsticks, their mascara is simply the best (better than most of the luxury brands).
What is your favourite luxe makeup brand? What is your favourite product from that brand?
It’s so difficult to pick just one! I love Chanel and Sisley. And, my fav would be their red lipsticks that I simply can’t live without. They are ALWAYS in my bag. Chanel Rouge Allure 60 Vertige and Sisley Phyto Lip Gloss 6
What is your favourite indie makeup brand? What is your favourite product from that brand?
I haven’t really tried any indie makeup, only polishes. So yeah…, can I tell you what’s my fav indie nail polishes are? Kester Black, made in Melbourne! Amazing shades, formulations, brush and… gosh, I love everything about them!
What’s your makeup crack? Are you a lipstick lover, a blush junkie, a mascara maven, or is it another product that floats your boat?
I’m a lipstick lover 100% (well, and polish addict but that’s not makeup).
So, be honest, how many lipsticks do you own?
Lipsticks… umm… around 50 in my makeup draw and around 20 on my table. So around 70, I guess.
Tell me your best makeup secret, tip or trick.
Primer! Especially as you get older a good primer can do miracles. I hate wrinkles and I hate how some foundations can define wrinkles even more. A great primer can make them invisible! Then you put red lipstick on, some mascara and you look like you’re 20 again (from a distance at least)!
Everyone has a dirty beauty confession – what’s yours?
I was pretty good until recently… When I was writing my first nail art book – “30 Easy Nail Designs” I was really short on time and was so tired, often going to bed around 4am in a morning (mind you, I have a baby who is wide awake 7am every morning so running on 3 hours of sleep was quite painful). So I started sometimes skipping washing my face. No make up on, just my day cream and serums, but still… not putting my night cream, not exfoliating. I really disliked myself for that… So I’m back to my usual routine now and feeling mush happier.
By the way, I coloured my nails with a marker, drew patterns with sharpie, put sugar on it and all sorts of other strange stuff, but I don’t think it’s a dirty beauty secret. I see it more as experimenting. That’s a cool thing about nails and nail art, you can get away with almost anything as soon as it looks pretty!
If you love beautiful nails and simple, easy to achieve nail art, you simply must follow So Nailicious. Get to know Maria better by following her over at Crashing Red or pick your favourite social media network and follow her there – be sure to tell her I say hi!